Armed with a credit card and a dream, two college friends, Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar set out to create Atlassian. In 2002, they didn't know what kind of company Atlassian was going to be, but they knew exactly what it shouldn't be—an environment where they had to conform rather than be who they authentically are. Now, over 15 years later, our team has grown to over 2,500 Atlassians worldwide with offices around the globe.
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The Atlassian Team Playbook
Atlassian wants to unleash the potential in every team. But it takes more than giving the right tools to the right people – you need the right practices, too. That's why we opened up our Team Playbook. Here, you'll find tool-agnostic techniques Atlassian teams use every day to unleash their potential and do the best work of their lives. This ain't your CEO's management book. It's tactical, battle-tested, and bullshit-free.
Anyone – from interns to executives – can use the Team Playbook. So don't wait for permission. Share it with your team and get started now.
Meet the unique builders and innovators leading the way
Our people are at the heart of Atlassian. With over 100 years of combined experience, we’ve got a well-seasoned team at the helm.
Mike Cannon-Brookes, Co-founder and CEO
Mike has received international recognition for his work, including the "Australian IT Professional of the Year" award in 2004, and "Australian Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2006. He's been honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2009 and is currently a member of The Forum of Young Global Leaders. He was also recognized on Fortune's 40 under 40 list alongside Scott in 2016.
Outside Atlassian, Mike is an active angel investor and a non-executive director of Tyro, a technology-focused Australian bank. He serves as an adjunct professor at the University of New South Wales' School of Computer Science and Engineering, as well as chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Industry Advisory Board. Mike holds a Bachelor of Commerce in information systems from the University of New South Wales, Australia.
Scott Farquhar, Co-founder
Scott was awarded the ‘Australian IT Professional of the Year’ in 2004, and in 2006 was the youngest person ever to be awarded the ‘Australian Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Ernst & Young alongside co-founder and co-CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes. Scott was also awarded the Corporate Social Responsibility Award in 2011 by the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) – Atlassian donates 1% of profit, product, equity and employee time to charity, helping thousands of children in developing countries receive an education. In 2016, he and Mike were recognized on Fortune's 40 under 40 list.
Scott is a widely sought-after keynote speaker and has addressed audiences at conferences and events in Australia and around the globe. Scott actively participates in the Sydney startup scene, contributes to Australian seed fund StartMate and venture capital fund Blackbird Ventures, mentors women through the Australian Business Women’s mentoring program and lectures on entrepreneurship at the University of New South Wales.
“Behind every great human achievement, there is a team. From medicine and space travel, to disaster response and pizza deliveries, our products help teams all over the planet advance humanity through the power of software. Our mission is to help unleash the potential of every team through open work.”